I wanted to write a little about my church. A Pentecostal church is by definition a church that places special emphasis on a direct personal experience of God through the baptism with the Holy Spirit. I feel that we express this experience through our worship of God in our service, especially our Sunday service! Every Sunday, we begin with Call to Worship. Basically, this is a quick five minute worship session where we prepare ourselves for the service and really get ourselves in the mood to meet God another day.
Following Call to Worship is Sunday Devotion. This session is a quick ten minute reading of a devotional. The one we always read is Open Heaven by Pastor E. A Adeboye. He is the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and our church is a parish or RCCG.
According to our tradition to be a spiritual Christian, you must know about God. This is the purpose of Sunday school. Now, before anyone reading this freaks out, let me make something clear. Sunday school is not like a long seven hour meeting where you are counting down the hours until you get to go home! It’s actually quite short, a mere 45 minutes, or at least it is quite short in my church. It is a chance for us to ask questions that we may not have the time to ask during the sermon and a time for us to learn more about God. Sunday school is definitely one of my favourite part of the Sunday service. It really opens up my eyes to aspects of God that I wouldn’t have understood without the help of my Youth pastor and this time.
Then it’s time to dance! Praise and Worship is definitely at the top of my list of favourites! It is really the best time to let loose, forget everyone else and focus on God. Praise songs are typically fast and upbeat songs embodied by the piano, the guitar and most of all the drums! The choir lead the congregation into a period of rejoicing and thanking God.
Worship follows the praise session. Worship is to honour with extravagant love and extreme submission and we express this love typically through slow songs. Now obviously, there are worship songs that are upbeat and vice versa for praise songs. But, I believe the reason for mostly singing slow songs during worship is so that we can reflect on and consider who God is and what He is doing in our lives.
To keep us in the mood, worship is quickly followed by Liberty Prayers. Liberty Prayers are quick prayers that reflect the theme of the month. This month’s theme is Christian Character, so for example, we would pray about having patience, loving others etc. Though short, Liberty Prayers are effective in getting the point across and enabling us to pray on topical aspects of our lives. We normally conclude the prayers with the hymn of the week! Next is the choir’s Special Number. Just like the Liberty Prayers, the Special Number is based on the theme of the month. Each week, there is a different song, some are fast, some are slow but all are enjoyable!
Then we have a sermon given by the Pastor. The sermon is one of the most important part of the service. It is said that if you didn’t come to Sunday school and you missed the sermon then you didn’t come to church! Our Pastor gives us amazing sermons each week. The sermons again are concentrated on the theme of the month, but each opens your eyes to a new aspect of God and Christian life in general. The last few sections of the service quickly follow. There is Tithes and Offering, in which we part with a few coins or notes and give it to God. Tithes and Offering is never an enormous amount of money, it’s must be, however, something meaningful. The concluding section of the service is the Announcements and then the Grace. And that’s it! I know it may seem long, but when you are there and in God’s presence, you forget time and next thing you know, you’re saying Amen to the Grace! I really enjoy every Sunday service!